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May 31, 2005
Release Number: 05-05-38C


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FIVE CONFIRMED DEAD IN IRAQI AIR FORCE CRASH

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Four U.S. Air Force and one Iraqi Air Force Airmen were killed May 30 when an Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SL aircraft crashed in eastern Diyala province during an operational mission.

The aircraft belonged to the 3rd Squadron of the Iraqi Air Force and is a single engine high-winged aircraft used for both surveillance and transport of personnel. The Iraqi Air Force had seven of these aircraft in its inventory.

The crash occurred near Jalula which is approximately 50 miles northeast of Ba’qubah. The aircraft departed Kirkuk Air Base at approximately 10:00 a.m. local time on a mission to Jalula.

The crash was reported to the Joint Communications Center in Khanaqin at 12:00 local time by an Iraqi civilian. Iraqi and Coalition forces in the area responded to the crash site and secured the immediate area.

The names of the Airmen killed are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Content for this release was provided by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frederick P. Wellman, PAO for the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq. He can be reached on e-mail at wellmanfp@mnstci.iraq.centcom.mil.

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